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Çatalhöyük skeletons draw museum visitors

Photo: Hurriyet Daily News

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Human skeletons unearthed during excavations at the 9,000 year-old ancient settlement of Çatalhöyük are on display at the Archaeology Museum in the Central Anatolian province of Konya. The well-preserved skeletons of a one-year-old baby and an adult have proven especially popular among visitors. The skull, which is believed to be female, is the museum’s only “plastered” skull. Examinations have revealed that the skull was plastered on more than one occasion which led archaeologists to think the skull could have been displayed somewhere before being buried. 

Anthropology professor Ian Hodder, who has been conducting the excavation of the 9,000 year-old Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk in central Turkey since 1993, said teams of experts will now begin to seek answers to different questions like ‘What did people eat in this era?’ ‘Where did they come from?’ ‘How did they protect themselves genetically?’

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